By Emmie V. Abadilla
Leading global think-tank Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) this week gave regional recognition to two members of the local aviation sector.
CAPA named flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) as Asia Pacific Airline Turnaround of the Year while Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was ranked among Asia’s top airports.
PAL was awarded for “providing industry leadership in adjusting to a new environment and adopting strategies that offer new directions for others to take up, especially during times of industry upheaval.”
The airline received the same award in 2007 for reporting a profit for four consecutive years after undergoing rehabilitation.
At the same time, MCIA was recognized as Asia Pacific’s Regional Airport of the Year, an award is given to “the biggest standout strategically,” a regional airport which “has established itself as a leader and done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry.”
Candidates for the regional airport award are short-listed by a team of analysts and by aviation partners from Heidrick & Struggles.
“It brings pride not just to our company but also to the Philippines,” according to GMR MEGAWIDE President Louie Ferrer. “In the past, we have only been known for having the worst airports but through MCIA, we are changing that mindset.”
The award coincided with GMR MEGAWIDE’s celebration of its second anniversary as airport operator and MCIA’s ranking as 14th Best Airport in Asia on the website The Guide to Sleeping in Airports. MCIA rose four spots in this category from 18th last year.